Summary: Just got this board today and won't have a chance to test it out as I've not received my CPU or RAM yet. That said, the reason I'm posting here now is because I wont to point out that the first image, as of today (18 November 2013) is the wrong image for this product. The first image shows the old LGA 1366 chipset (i7-900 series processor) MB. The second image IS the correct image of this motherboard. In short this IS a G1.
Summary: excellent motherboard, great value, love it, just does not support all ram modules Gigabyte though needs to have their bios updating software runnable with 64 bit OS's they use a 16 bit app to update the bios and if you are running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit, you cant upgrade the bios unless you are a programmer, or try it some other way.
Pros: z87 with dual x16 pci-e lanes! onboard sound rocks, if set up properly. Wifi works great. dual bios is a plus. This board is seriously decked out. I waited for weeks for the asus maximus vi formula, as all my builds have used asus mobos. Couldnt wait any longer so I jumped on the sniper 5. Bios is very robust and can be intimidating at first. I personally love the led path on the board.
Cons: The onboard audio gave me some issues. TURN DOWN the volume! I game with headphones and had a pair of x41s by turtle beach. The only way to utilize opamp sound is to plug into a single 3.5mm jack on the board. Now the x41s r wireless with optical and rca inputs. See my dilemma, I hooked up with optical to find it bypasses the awesome features i paid for. tried a 3.5mm to rca adapter, worked but the sound was awful. distorted and farty bass. Turned down the volume in s...
Summary: Great board that offers a lot: Intel NIC and Killer NIC plus Wi-Fi/BT Module, the possibility to go up to 4-way SLI, and High quality integrated audio. The 600 Ohms headphone amplifier is a bit bonus if you have headphones that need to be amplified (works great with my DT990 600 Ohms). The only issue (beside the price) is that the BIOS will needs a few updates (the mouse control with the latest non-beta BIOS is atrocious).
Pros: - Flexible configuration for up to 4-way SLI, - High quality integrated audio, - Included Wi-Fi/BT Module
Pros: I love everything about it! I have a NVidia HAF X Case and it goes really well with it! The board is larger compare to the old version. The color lighting on the board is so awesome! I like it! The AMP feature is amazing!! You really get what you paid for!!
Pros: Fast and easy setup. Overclocked my Haswell chip at 4.5 easily (could probably go higher but I don't want to... those chip get hot!) The PlX chip is a very nice feature, it allows me to run SLI with a nice Areca Raid card, all at max speed. This board is pretty much everything I could ask for.
Cons: Well it's a bit expensive but if you're a music enthusiast and want the extra features, you really get what you pay for!